This is my take on the history of photography from the earliest days to now. In slight hommage to Neil MacGregor’s seminal A History of the world in a 100 Objects, I’m going to do this by using actual objects that still exist in the world. We begin with the first self portrait (aka a selfie) Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 1 – A self portrait of a Man 1839
,Although practical photography dates back almost 2 centuries for much of its early days it was in the hand of the inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs. Then as now, we loved having our photo taken. But in the 19th century that meant a trip to a expensive professional photographer.
But that was radically to change at the start of the 20th Century which would move the camera rapidly from the hands of the “professional” into ours. Continue reading 20th Century Photography in 10 (and a bit) People’s Cameras
The last Century saw the rise of the average man as a photographer. We now think that we’re in era with mobile phone cameras of being ever-ready shooters but we forget that by 2000 most of us would carry some form of film camera to almost every leisure event we did. Point and shoot cameras (P&S) have little in the ways of user controls and just either fixed, basic scale/zone focus or later AF.
These 9 cameras for me chart the people’s choice of Cameras and not necessarily what are now deemed classics Continue reading 20th Century in Film by 9 Point & Shot Cameras